5 to 10 Minutes of Daily Running Adds Years to Your Life

Want a straight-forward way to get healthy? Jog for about ten minutes a day. It’s just that simple.

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examined more than 55,000 people ages eighteen to 100 over the course of fifteen years, and they found that joggers were 30% less likely to die during said period than couch potatoes. Moreover, they were 45% less likely to die of stroke or heart attack.

More interesting, perhaps, is that the biggest drop—a whopping 60%—in mortality was seen when comparing those who did a small amount of exercise (our five to ten minutes of jogging) versus those who did nothing. Comparatively, the group of people doing twenty to thirty minutes of jogging were only 20% less likely to die of heart attack or stroke than non-exercisers.

So, what gives? The bottom line is that any exercise is better than none at all. According to Dr. Duck-chul Lee, lead author of the study, “Running may be a better exercise option than more moderate intensity exercises.”

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